Meigs scouting report: Look for a triple-dose of Bartrum from Marauders
ROCK SPRINGS — Bartrum, Bartrum, Bartrum!
If Jan Brady thought it was hard growing up as Marcia’s little sister, imagine if there really were three of them.
That’s the challenge the Meigs Marauders bring to the table against the Logan Chieftains on Friday night.
Head coach Mike Bartrum, a former Marauder quarterback and NFL player who appeared in two Super Bowls, has led a resurgence on the gridiron for Meigs High School. The Marauders are 22-20 overall under Bartrum.
At quarterback, senior Cody Bartrum (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) is the team’s top rusher (19 carries, 124 yards) and passer (31 of 52 for 408 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions).
Bartrum’s size and speed make him elusive in the backfield while the Marauder offense, which spreads receivers from sideline to sideline, opens up the field and forces defenses to make one-on-one tackles in space.
The Meigs offense averages over 350 yards per game, including over 200 yards through the air.
The third Bartrum is wide receiver Zach (6-0, 170, sophomore). He leads the team with 10 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a score in Meigs’ 42-7 week-one victory over Gallipolis.
Containing the Bartrum brothers will be key for any defense the Marauders face this fall, but they aren’t the team’s only weapons.
Other skill players include H-back Zach Helton (5-10, 160, junior), receivers Jared Kennedy (6-3, 175, senior), T.J. Williams (5-10, 165, senior), and Bailey Caruthers (6-0, 140, junior). Lane Cullums (6-0, 190, junior) is the main running back, with Tyler Garretson (5-9, 150, junior) adding depth.
Tyler Shull (5-11, 240, senior) and Claytin Neutzling (6-3, 245, sophomore) play tackle up front; Layne Acree (5-11, 225, senior) and Trae Hood (5-10, 215, senior) are the guards, and Matthew Jackson (5-10, 190, sophomore) is the center. Andrew Douglas (6-3, 210, junior) will also see time at tackle.
On defense, Meigs has been stout to start the season, allowing only 337 total yards and 27 points. The Marauders are aggressive and will look to disrupt opposing offenses with creative blitzing.
As on offense, Cody Bartrum is the ringleader from his inside linebacker post, where he is joined by Matthew Brown (5-6, 140, junior). Zach Bartrum and is also a standout at outside linebacker, where he’s joined by K.J. Tracy (6-1, 160, senior).
Freddie Hill (6-0, 185, senior) and Hood are the ends with Acree and Riley Ogdin (6-0, 230, junior) lining up inside at the tackle positions. Keaton Huffman (5-9, 200, senior) adds depth on the defensive line.
In the secondary, Cole Adams (5-10, 145, sophomore) and Caruthers are the cornerbacks with Mattox and Helton playing the safety posts.
Acree will handle the kicking and punting duties for the maroon and gold.
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